- Current Position:
of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
Department of History
913 University Hall (M/C 198)
601 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7109
- Ph.D., Harvard
University, History of American Civilization, 1999
- M.A., Harvard University,
- B.A., University
of Michigan, American Culture and English, 1986
interests include the history of race and sexuality in the United States,
African American urban history, and African American women's history. My research
has focussed primarily on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
I am currently doing research for the expansion of my study of African American
prostitution in Chicago at the turn of the century. This entails archival
work in various municipal collections and in the papers of private and public
social welfare agencies in Chicago and Cook County between 1900 and 1930.
- "'Vicious' Commerce:
African American Women's Sex Work and the Transformation of Urban Space
in Chicago, 1850-1915"
- Review of "Goin' to
Chicago" and "The Promised Land," for The Journal of Urban History, forthcoming
- "'We Must Live Anyhow':
African American Sex Work in Chicago, 1874-1900." Delivered at the Newberry
Library, Seminar in American Social History, December 1998.
- "'Gigantic Negresses,'
Degraded Urban Spaces, and the Regulation of Sexual Commerce in Late Nineteenth-Century
Chicago." Delivered at Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association,
- "Paying for Sex: Masculinity
and the Sexual Leisure Industry in Chicago, 1920-1940." Delivered at the
Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, June 1996.
- "The Racial Marking
of Vicious City Streets in Chicago, 1874-1900." Delivered at the Gender
and Society Workshop, University of Chicago, April, 1996.
- "The Appearance of
Evil: 'Vicious' Black Women in Chicago, 1900-1912." Delivered at the American
Studies Association meeting, November, 1993.
- "Carmen Jones and the Ethnographic Gaze." Delivered at Barnard Feminist Art Historian's
Conference, October, 1991.
Dandridge: The Problem of Narrating Black Female Sexuality in Classic Hollywood
Cinema," presented at the National Conference of the Society for Photographic
Education, March, 1991.
for Research on Race and Public Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago,
- Ford Foundation
Dissertation Fellowship for Minorities, 1995
Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Pre-doctoral Fellowship,
- Carter G.
Woodson Institute for the Study of African American and African Studies,
University of Virginia, Pre-doctoral Fellowship, 1992
Grant for Graduate Women, 1992
Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, Ten-Week Graduate Student
- Harvard University
Professor, Department of African American Studies and Department of History,
University of Illinois at Chicago, 1999 - present
Department of African American Studies and Department of History, University
of Illinois at Chicago, 1996-1999
Harvard University, 1990-1992
of African American Studies, UIC, Curriculum Committee, 1999-2000
of History, UIC, Goodman Award Committee, 1999-2000
Historical Association, Committee on Minority Historians, 1995-1998
of American Historians
Department of history